Gas Pain (Children)
Gas pain is common in babies and rarely a cause for concern.
Call Doctor If:
- Your child seems sick.
- Your child vomits blood or green or yellow liquid.
- Your child has blood in her stool.
- Your child cries for longer than two hours.
- Your child has pain in the lower right side.
- Your child's abdomen seems to be distended and causing pain.
How to Treat Your Child's Gas Pains
1. Adjust Feedings
- Don't overfeed your child.
- Hold her upright.
- Burp your child often.
2. Move Your Child
- Rock your child gently.
- Move your child's legs as if he was pedaling a bicycle.
3. Massage Your Child
- Rub your child's stomach lightly.
- Lay her across your lap and pat her back.
4. Apply Heat
- Place a warm towel or water bottle on your child's tummy.
5. Review Feeding
- If formula-feeding, talk with your pediatrician about switching to a soy-based formula or, if your child is older than 1 year, soy or almond milk. If an older child has gas pain after having milk products, talk to your doctor about lactose intolerance, especially if there is a family history of it.
- If breastfeeding, some experts recommend you pay attention to how much of the following foods you're eating: broccoli, cabbage, tea, and other foods that contribute to gassiness. However, there's little evidence that mom's diet has a big effect on gas in babies.